Top 5 Fall Activities in the Roaring Fork Valley


Maroon Lake at the base of Marron Bells

Autumn is the perfect time of year to enjoy the festivals and fall colors that energize residents of the Roaring Fork Valley. From viewing glowing aspen leaves to harvest parties, there are lots of things to keep you busy until the ski slopes open.

Here are the top 5 fall activities for the Roaring Fork Valley.

1. Carbondale Celtic Fest and Octoberfest, October 9 & 10 2015
Join family and friends in a toast to the Emerald Isle on Friday, October 9. Bagpipes fill the air with tunes of the homeland, while the beer flows and manly men show off their gams in the “Best Legs in a Kilt Contest.” Try some Austrian dishes while listening to Celtic bands at the 4th Street Plaza. Octoberfest kicks off the next day at 11 AM with German music, hearty food and of course beer! Local bands provide the songs while laughs and applause accompany the Nail Driving Contest and Hokey Pokey.

2. Fall Colors in Marble, mid-September to mid-October
The valley that Marble sits in is surrounded by enormous aspen groves that glow with golden light during the fall season. These aspen trees, interspersed with red scrub oak and evergreen spruce, make the valley walls come alive with green, oranges and reds that are best experienced on your own two feet. Take a hike on the prizewinning Carbonate Creek Trail, which leaves town and climbs around the stunning Mount Daly. Lead King Basin is another astonishing hike, filled with fall beauty and towering peaks.

3. Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) Harvest Party, October 17, 2015
Get ready for an old fashioned harvest party featuring pony rides, pumpkin carving and bobbing for apples at Rock Bottom Ranch. Kids and adults will have the time of their lives, holding the friendly chickens, greeting the pigs and getting a friendly “kiss” from the goats. Feast on the vegetables grown onsite, with local meats and homegrown fruits. Take a turn at the cider pressing station, get adorned with face painted fairy wings or join in the lively ranch games. Live music and a silent auction round out the beautiful fall day.

4. Redstone Castle Tours, September & October
For something different, take a tour of the “The Ruby of the Rockies.” Almost every day at 1:30, tours Redstone Castle tours show off the Great Hall with an 18 foot ceiling and a sandstone fireplace supporting a trophy elk mount. The Dining Room is a gracious Russian style sitting area with mahogany paneling and red velvet wall coverings. Built in the early 1900’s with an original 88 rooms, there’s no other building quite like the Redstone Castle.

5. Fall Foliage in Snowmass and Aspen, mid-September to mid-October
For the quintessential leaf peeping experience, head to the hiking and biking trails of Aspen and Snowmass. You can also see gorgeous colors by car, traveling up Maroon Creek Road to the Maroon Bells or by taking Castle Creek Road. Fill your senses with the golds, oranges and reds on the Hunter Creek Trail, or Sunnyside in Aspen. In Snowmass take the Rim or Ditch Trail to see soaring peaks with golden aspen forests.